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Sleep is Essential – Getting Quality Sleep Part III

Have you ever wanted to just sleep like a baby again? Well, I cannot guarantee that you will sleep like a little babe but you might certainly identify how to improve your chances of getting better sleep. Did you know that sleep cycles occur normally in five stages lasting about 90 minutes per cycle? What can we do to improve our chances of sleeping better?  (


Sleep is Essential – Getting Quality Sleep Part II

All around the world, people are feeling stressed, anxious and becoming frazzled from the ongoing uncertainty, chaos and unpredictability that COVID-19 has had upon our lives, lifestyles and routines. How has this pandemic affected your ability to sleep well? What can we do to improve the quality and duration of our sleep? Well, it might be helpful to find out informally what your current sleep habits and bedtime routines are. Are you using time-tested methods shown to promote quality sleep? Trust me here; it’s really pretty easy to figure out if you are sleeping well. No measurements, tools or calculators needed for this quick survey. Grab a writing instrument and some paper or cut and paste the questions into a computerized document program…this is a really low stress activity. Honestly answer these questions with a “YES” or “NO” response!

  •  Look around the room you normally sleep in at night; does it have items that make the room “feel like a cave”, that is, is the room dark, well-ventilated and cool?
  • Are you dressed in sleepwear at least thirty minutes before bedtime to help signal “time to sleep” to your brain?
  • Does your window shades or coverings block out visible light?
  • Sleep accessories like light-blocking eyewear and sound sleep machines are used nightly?
  • Are your digital devices turned off and not readily reachable?

These are really simple questions yielding potentially high-value information unique to you. Sleep research has shown that establishing a consistently regular sleep schedule allows your “body clock” to have a more regulated wakefulness-sleep cycle. Quality sleep allows our bodies to restore, renew, repair & refresh processes like wound healing, bone repair and growth, metabolism, cognitive functions, etc. Quality sleep also helps us to wake up the next morning without mental cloudiness or lack of alertness.


Part I: Liver Disease-Viral Hepatitis

When you hear the term, hepatitis, what word or phrase comes to mind? Did your thoughts conjure up a person with a long history of drinking alcohol or using drugs? Perhaps, the word, liver cirrhosis or cancer were your choices? Whatever your choice, my desire is to provide insight on the condition known as hepatitis.


Part I: Sleep is Essential

Sleep does matter, learning how to get steady restful sleep especially during stressful and worrisome times like now is so necessary to our emotional, mental, physical and immune health. 
Did you know that getting good sleep helps us handle complex thinking activities like memorization, decision-making and problem-solving? Have you ever experienced waking up irritable or moody? Did you ever consider how your sleep duration and quality impact your disposition?


COVID-19 Viral Testing

Have you ever wondered why your healthcare provider orders certain tests for specific conditions? Tests are ordered for different reasons ranging from identifying the presence of a particular infection or disease state, to checking the effectiveness of prescribed medications, to determining the presence of antibodies after going through an infection like COVID-19 to evaluating one’s overall health status.


Finding Peace & Practicing Patience in an Unpredictable COVID-19 Outbreak

God’s Word reminds us to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12 [ESV]). How do we balance feeling overwhelmed, yet cautiously hopeful while staying focused on our activities of daily living? The priceless yet achievable answer is by recognizing that we can only live this life one day at a day by taking one step at a time and realizing we cannot control every challenge we face. During this modern time of unprecedented human disease, disability and death, health researchers are uncovering the unforeseen wounds COVID-19 inflicts upon our mental health. Some people are experiencing emotional and spiritual anguish while others are finding it hard to make life decisions or having challenges doing what used-to-be everyday chores and tasks. During this time of unforeseen change and chaos, bouts of worry and anxiety are pretty normal. Remember, living through this COVID-19 pandemic or its infection can be overwhelming; for most of us these “anxiety” bouts are viewed as temporary, non-consuming situations with unpredictable endpoints. While this infectious outbreak is atypical, our bodies’ protective mechanisms like fight, flight or freeze will engage to help us maintain our mental and emotional health.